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Teens and Mobile Phones

Teens and Mobile Phones
Text messaging explodes as teens embrace it as the centerpiece of their communication strategies with friends. The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens. Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, and cell calling is a close second. Some 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, up from 45% in 2004. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Among all teens, their frequency of use of texting has now overtaken the frequency of every other common form of interaction with their friends (see chart below). Fully two-thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to use their cell phones to text their friends than talk to them to them by cell phone. One in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day, or 3000 texts a month. Daily text messaging by teens to friends has increased rapidly since early 2008. Related:  BYOD/1:1

Adults and Cell Phone Distractions Adults and cell phone distractions Adults are just as likely as teens to have texted while driving and are substantially more likely to have talked on the phone while driving. In addition, 49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone. Overall, 44% of adults say they have been passengers of drivers who used the cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger. Beyond driving, some cell-toting pedestrians get so distracted while talking or texting that they have physically bumped into another person or an object. These are some of the key findings from a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project: Nearly half (47%) of all texting adults say they have sent or read a text message while driving. Introduction and background Cell phones appeal to Americans for many reasons, starting with the benefits of constant connection to family and friends.

Comparing BYOD vs. 1:1 Learning—Which Should You Choose? For K-12 districts looking to implement mobile learning, there are really two options: BYOD or 1:1. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Students and teachers bring in whatever device they have access to at home be it a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Planning for Mobile Learning Regardless of whether you choose to implement BYOD or 1:1, there are several things you need to do to prepare for mobile learning before you settle on a device or a particular approach. “When we work with districts, we really encourage them to figure out what outcomes they want to see as a result of mobile learning, regardless of whether it’s BYOD or 1:1,” says Patton. This is where an integrator can help. “We try to understand the current situation, not just with respect to how many projectors and screens do you want, but how do you teach? It’s important to remember that hardware is only half the battle with mobile learning. More About Chrissy Winske

Teens, Texting, and Social Isolation | Pew Research Center's Int By Rich Ling Our recent report, Teens and Mobile Phones, found that more teens report contacting their friends on a daily basis using texting (54%) than interacting with them face-to-face outside of school (33%). Some recent commentary suggests that this is evidence that teens are becoming less social. There are several points to be made. First, as noted above, the question on face-to-face interaction with friends was limited to only asking about this type of interaction outside of school. Finally, other material in the report indicates that texting is happening in addition to other forms of social interaction.

Teens Want More Privacy Online Too Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg suggested that privacy was no longer a social norm. "People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people," the Facebook CEO said at the Crunchie awards in January. However, a new Zogby poll shows that younger Internet users are far less comfortable with the state of our privacy online than Zuckerberg's statement suggests. The results of the poll, which surveyed 400 teens aged 15 to 18, suggest users are looking for more control over their personal information. A whopping 92% of teens surveyed believed they should be able to request the deletion of all their personal information held by a search engine, social network, or marketing company.

Social Media and Young Adults By Amanda Lenhart, Kristen Purcell, Aaron Smith and Kathryn Zickuhr Overview Since 2006, blogging has dropped among teens and young adults while simultaneously rising among older adults. Blogging has declined in popularity among both teens and young adults since 2006. 14% of online teens now say they blog, down from 28% of teen internet users in 2006.This decline is also reflected in the lower incidence of teen commenting on blogs within social networking websites; 52% of teen social network users report commenting on friends’ blogs, down from the 76% who did so in 2006.By comparison, the prevalence of blogging within the overall adult internet population has remained steady in recent years. While blogging among adults as a whole has remained steady, the prevalence of blogging within specific age groups has changed dramatically in recent years. 73% of wired American teens now use social networking websites, a significant increase from previous surveys.

It’s Not About “All of the Time”, but About Having Access Discussing initiatives such as BYOD or 1-to-1 technology initiatives, there is often a lot of fear about “balance”. First of all, the notion of “balance” is something that I truly believe should not be determined for anyone other than yourself. What is “balance” to one, might look significantly different to someone else. When we talk about kids having “balance”, do we imply something unique to them, or our own belief on what “balance” is? Secondly, the notion that a student will always use a device because they have one, is not necessarily a reality. It is not that we have access to find information, but to also create it. So when we look at a kid that struggles with writing with paper and pencil, but accelerates using technology (or honestly vice versa), we have to look at what “access” creates.

How Does Technology Affect Kids’ Friendships? Peter DaSilva for The New York Times FACE TO FACEBOOK John Shumaker, 17, on Facebook at his home in Lafayette, Calif. Erik S. Andy Wilson, 11, left, and his brother Evan, 14, go on Facebook in their treehouse in Atlanta. “Thanks!” “Just kidding,” said the girl with another smile. They both laughed. “See you tomorrow,” said the boy. “O.K., see you,” said the girl. It was a pretty typical pre-teen exchange, one familiar through the generations. Children used to actually talk to their friends. Last week, the found that half of American teenagers — defined in the study as ages 12 through 17 — send 50 or more a day and that one third send more than 100 a day. To date, much of the concern over all this use of technology has been focused on the implications for kids’ intellectual development. “In general, the worries over cyber-bullying and sexting have overshadowed a look into the really nuanced things about the way technology is affecting the closeness properties of friendship,” said Jeffrey G.

Study: 'Kids are Alright' when it comes to privacy | Safe and Secure A study commissioned by Truste paints a pretty optimistic picture about how teenagers are using privacy tools on Facebook and other social networking sites. The study, entitled "The Kids are Alright," (PDF) reports that "80 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens feel in control of their personal information on social networking sites" and that "84 percent of parents are confident their teen is responsible with personal information on a social networking site." But the news isn't all good. The survey also found that more than two-third (68 percent) of teens have at some time accepted friend invites from people they don't know. Eight percent said they accepted all friend requests 34 percent said some and 26 percent said they rarely accept requests from people they don't know personally. The survey, which was conducted by Lightspeed Research in late June of this year polled 1,929 panelists. One thing most parents do want are better default privacy settings for teens.

Teens and Sexting Findings In a nationally representative survey of those ages 12-17 conducted on landline and cell phones, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found: 4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else via text messaging 15% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of someone they know via text messaging on their cell phone. Older teens are much more likely to send and receive these images; 8% of 17-year-olds with cell phones have sent a sexually provocative image by text and 30% have received a nude or nearly nude image on their phone. Introduction: Cell phones are more and more a part of teen life Since the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project first started tracking teen cell phone use, the age at which American teens acquire their first cell phone has consistently grown younger.

50 of the best podcasts for students 50 Of The Best Podcasts For High School Students by Dennis Lee, StudyPug.com This post is the first part to a 3-part series entitled “250 things any high school student must learn”. High school is perhaps one of the biggest turning points of a person’s life. Sure, there’s still college after that, but not everyone gets the chance to move that stage forward. So while you’re all in the stage where you go wonder what you really want to be like in the years to come, why not try listening to Podcasts to give yourself some insights about life. So here’s a collection of 50 Podcasts that any high school student should listen to, categorized into the four general topics would help you focus on what you might choose to become in the years to come. Academic Related Podcasts There are things that we can’t just learn in a four walled classroom, which is why these podcasts could offer you more practical applications of the theories they discuss to you. General and Special Interest Podcasts Entrepreneurship

College students struggle to go without media for 24 hours Internet and media addiction is not officially a psychiatric disorder, but many college students still seem to be suffering from it. In a recent study done by the University of Maryland, students who were asked to give up their media connections experienced withdrawal symptoms similar to those seen in drug and alcohol addicts, including cravings, anxieties, and preoccupation to the point of being unable to function well. The students were asked to give up all media for 24 hours, including text messages, TV shows, music, e-mail, and Facebook, and to do so on all sources, including cell phones. Many experienced cravings and anxiety because of their temporarily cut ties. The results of the study are hardly surprising, and on their face appear to support the notion that Internet addiction could be classified as a disorder.

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